Iranian sentenced to death for apostasy summoned back to court


TEHRAN — The jailed Iranian pastor who was sentenced to death for converting to Christianity will be brought back into court in Iran to answer to the "charges brought against him."

The American Center for Law and Justice obtained a copy of the official Iranian court summons demanding Pastor Youcef Nadarkhani's appearance.

The Iranian summons states that Nadarkhani is to appear in court on Sept. 8. According to the ACLJ, who has been following the case, it is unclear whether the "charges" referred to in the court summons will be his current apostasy charge or new charges.

His new court date will come after more than 1,060 days spent in prison away from his wife and two sons.

Nadarkhani was sentenced to death in 2010 for converting from Islam to Christianity in a case that began in 2009. He is facing death by hanging in Iran.

When Iranian officials demanded that he recant his faith in Jesus Christ or die, he responded, "I cannot."